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  • 1. Internet Safety: Protecting Your Child Online Presented by the St. Martin’s Episcopal School Technology Department
  • 2. Agenda
    • Staying Connected
    • Making the Right Decisions
    • Internet Safety Checklist
    • Appropriate Internet Usage According to Age
    • Important Safety Issues
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Staying in the Moment!
    • Children must realize the importance of staying connected – and not electronically!
  • 4. There is a proper time and place for:
    • Cell phone usage
    • Text messaging
    • iPods
    • Are you being a good example for your children?
  • 5. How do you make the right decisions to ensure your children stay safe online?
    • The answer is a combination of:
    • Good parenting
    • Educating your child about Internet safety rules
    • Filtering Software - as you can't always be there! KidsHealth
  • 6. Internet Safety Checklist
    • Talk to your family about Internet safety
    • Train your children – there are a variety of free educational programs
    • Does your ISP (Internet Service Provider) offer parental controls?
    • Computers used by children should be placed in a central location (family room, etc.).
  • 7. Internet Safety Checklist (cont.)
    • Install safety software
    • Use family-friendly search engines
    • Discuss the benefits and hazards of going online
  • 8. Internet Safety Checklist (cont.)
    • Urge children to inform a parent or adult if they accidentally stumble on something inappropriate
    • Set up house rules or create an Internet safety contract.
      • Online Code of Conduct
    • Supervise children carefully
    • Increase children’s level of responsibility as they get older
  • 9. Appropriate Internet Usage for Children Ages 2-7
    • Learn about the computer
    • Explore selected children’s Internet sites
  • 10. What Should Parents Do?
    • Closely supervise children
    • Select sites for children
    • Set up bookmarks for children
    • Limit or deny email usage
    • Use a filter (software) for content control
  • 11. Appropriate Internet Usage for Children Ages 8-11
    • Exploring selected sites
    • Chatting and corresponding online in controlled environments
    • Skills and usage will continue to increase
    • Curiosity will increase
  • 12. What Should Parents Do?
    • Be actively involved
    • Emphasize safe behavior
    • Investigate any chat rooms or online clubs your child wants to participate in
    • Use content filters
    • Discuss good cyber manners (“netiquette”)
    • Place the computer in a central area
    • Periodically check Internet history (demo)
  • 13. Appropriate Internet Usage for Children Ages 12-18
    • The Internet becomes a valuable tool for homework and projects
    • Children develop greater independence and want more freedom
    • Use email extensively (STM restrictions)
    • More “net-savvy”
    • The Internet becomes more global
  • 14. What Should Parents Do?
    • Stay in touch with their children’s online activities
    • Keep the computer in a central location
    • Reinforce safety messages and cyber rules. Stress privacy protection.
  • 15. How much time should my child spend online?
    • Rules for Internet usage should be the decision of a child’s parents. Like many other things, such as watching television or reading in bed, parents should strive to achieve a healthy balance.
  • 16. Cyber Bullying
    • What is cyber bullying?
      • http:// /
  • 17. Which video games are appropriate for my child?
    • Game Ratings and Descriptor Guide
  • 18. Which Content Filter Should I Use?
    • Net Nanny
    • CYBERSitter
    • CyberPatrol
    • K9 Web Protection (Free)
  • 19. What is Social Networking?
    • Social Networking
  • 20. Social Networking Sites
    • Face Book
    • My Space
  • 21.
    • Pros and Cons of My Space
    Pros and Cons of Social Networking
  • 22. Conclusion
    • The Internet can be a rich, multimedia experience that enhances the learning experience for children. It can also be a perilous place. With basic safety measures, parents can adequately protect their children and make their Internet experience an enjoyable one.
  • 23. References